Why It’s Dumb to Buy a Smart Car

Why It’s Dumb to Buy a Smart Car

rev up your engines, do you think it’s a smart idea to buy a
smart car, now to understand if it is, you need a little history lesson about the
difference between Europe and the United States, now the Romans, they built roads,
they were eight Roman feet wide, which is a little bit less than seven point nine
feet, I guess the Romans had small feet so in Europe, hey there’s lot of really small
streets in the cities, there isn’t all that much room, but here in Houston Texas, by law the city streets have to be at least 28 feet, from curb to curb and many
are much larger, so in Europe and many parts of Asia, something like this Toyota
Highlander it’s seen as a giant vehicle where here, it’s just the normal sized
SUV, so in Europe in 1993 the swatch company, yes the people who made the
watches, I mean do you really want to buy a car from a company that makes a little
watches, so then in 1993 they decided to make a little urban car, they partnered
up with Volkswagen, but Volkswagen they thought about it and said we’re not going to do that, so then they partnered up with mercedes-benz, the name smart car is
kind of an anagram of swatch and Mercedes what they claim, and they
started to build them in France, now realize that the smart car is a very
short car, the length of the smart car is actually equal to the width of an
average American parking space, not the length, but the width, so they’re easy to
park in small spaces, but at the same time, they’re such tiny cars, if you’re
sitting in one and you’re driving on a highway and you’re looking way up at an
18-wheeler, you’re not going to feel too safe, and they don’t have too much power,
originally they had 60 to 70 horsepower with a vehicle that weighs almost a
whole ton, almost 2,000 pounds, they were very slow cars, and of course Americans,
since we’re such lazy people, mainly we drive automatic transmissions like
this one, in Europe they have standard transmissions, they were a little quicker
but with an automatic transmission these things are pretty slow,
and if you want a comparison, the last one that they’ve made with a gasoline
engine, put out 89 horsepower with a turbocharged engine, but it only got 33
miles per gallon in the city and 39 on the highway, in the same year, you can buy a Honda
Civic that was turbocharged, which had a hundred and seventy four horsepower and
got 32 in the city and 42 on the highway better all-around gas mileage for an actual
car that four people can fit in, yes they actually have quite a bit of legroom, and
granted they are kind of cute in their own strange small sort of way, if you
like little cars, and with their engines hiding in the back, the engine and the
transmission is all on the rear wheels so they actually do handle reasonably
well, you can see the bottom of the vehicle, there’s the engine and the
transmission the driveshaft all neatly packed into the back, now last year in the
United States they only sold five thousand four hundred and forty of these
smart cars, so it’s not very popular they were pretty much were a dismal failure in the
United States, because really Americans aren’t in love with small kind of little cars, take the Fiat 500 they spent a fortune advertising it, at the
peak in 2012 they did sell over fifty thousand Fiat 500s, but last year even
Fiat only sold 5500 Fiat 500s in the United States, so they’re pretty much a
dismal failure too, and when it comes to smart cars, there’s other reasons well
you shouldn’t think about buying one, one it’s a Mercedes Benz conglomerate, the
parts of them cost a small fortune and in the United States, they’re relatively
hard to get even now, and as of 2018 smart car says, they’re no longer going to
make gasoline or diesel cars, they’re only going to make all-electric cars, so if
you have a gasoline one, guess what, getting parts for it and getting it
repaired, is going to be even harder, it’s something I don’t advise people to do
unless they just want a toy to play around with, because you can get them
pretty cheap used now, but all in all buying a smart car is probably not such
a smart thing here in the United States so if you never want to miss another one
of my new car repair videos, remember to ring that Bell!

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  2. I drive the Smart ForTwo Passion 2016 (premium gas) and I love it!! I live in San Francisco..traffic is congested and parking is very limited!! Every time I turn the corner for a parking spot, there always seems to be one there for me! The 2016 model has some power to it! It's so much fun to drive (easy-peasy U-turns) and like another viewer said..u don't feel cramped on the inside, even with a passenger on board. Great city car!!!

  3. So where is the other half of the "Smart" car? You can get a rear seat and rear storage area, for no extra money than to pay big money for what looks like a little toy car.

  4. just happened on this video by chance after viewing another smart video. sorry scotty but i've had mine since 2015. for 16k, no issues, plenty of room for 2 people, and good on gas. cute as hell! PLUS it goes 80 no problem and good pick up. i think i've had it to 90 🙂 speedometer goes to 100…won't bother trying that just yet.

  5. A car made by a watch company, runs like a clock.

    Also, the Smart Car has a fantastic safety rating. Their frame is small but stout, and the near elliptical shape makes the frame extremely tough.

  6. my car has 24 horse powers with 0,4 liters per 10 km fuel usage. you dont really need more for driving A-B-C (i own a Fiat 126) plus i can ALWAYS repair it by muself. just saying. i have no problem driving in 100 km/h

  7. What do you think about a 1996 Toyota t100 my dad has had it since it came out he loves the thing and it works great what can he do to preserve the engine

  8. How about the crowded inner areas of cities in the East? Baltimore, Boston, Washington, New York …wouldnt these cars fit in?

  9. In my school for my mechanic education, we have cars to work on. And we have a smart 4 seater and they are ugly as hell and realy a pain in the butt to work on, in my country (netherlands) we have heared realy weird stories about smart.

  10. I wanted to buy one, but I got a 2015 Chevy spark manual transmission instead, they look a bit similar in design

  11. 2012 and 2015 Smart Fortwo, cheap to maintain, plenty of power for me, been reliable. They’re not bad little cars honestly… I wanted to hate them but I couldn’t. Also surprisingly stable at 80mph and have good safety ratings. I’d say give them a chance!

  12. Why would you ever drive an automatic though? Either drive a car or don't. Don't let a machine that's not even good at its job drive half your car without any input from you.

  13. I'm driving a 2001 ForTwo with the 599cc engine and it's the most unreliable piece of junk I've ever driven (the only worse one is the second generation Fiat Punto). Had 90k kilometers on the clock when bought and already had to go to an engine overhaul. Also, the bumpers are so fragile and really expensive and the whole thing feels like it's going to fall apart, and the automatic transmission is so slow and unefficient. Luckily, it's not mine 🙂

  14. I believe they should throw in a swatch with a purchase of this car. That way you can keeps tabs on when your time may be up if you continue driving this car!

  15. I don't trust people's who yell when they talk and throw their hands around. Having said that I love my 08 passion cabriolet!!

  16. I enjoy my 2015 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive. I’m 6 foot 3 and I feel comfortable. Very simple maintenance, just the basics…I’ve been averaging 40 miles a day and that’s costed me $35 a month in electricity. And I just use the included 110 volt adapter. I go through a tank of gas in my truck(second vehicle) every few months because it get so much use out of the Smart. It makes me smile!

  17. What better "toy" to have than a car you can drive, legally, on the streets. These cars may not be the most efficient, most practical or the best built car… but many owners appear to just enjoy and admire these cars, almost like a hobby.

  18. Its an ideal student car. You can get a used one for $5k with 30k or less miles. As far as I'm concerned that provides college students some more peace of mind then driving a 20 year old shitbox

  19. I've owned a Smart car for 7 years. I recently purchased a F350 Platinum and I love it. It's a beautiful truck with all the fancy new gadgets. It even blows cold air on my behind during the summer.
    Something I realized, for around town driving, I prefer driving the Smart car, it's FUN to drive. I can do circles around other cars. I've decided that for all highway trips, I'll drive my truck and for around town within 10 miles, I'll drive my Smart car.

  20. This guy obviously doesn't understand that automatic transmissions have had so many improvements over the years, in most cases unless you are a professional driver an automatic transmission can be much better

  21. i bought a 2015 smart base model for $5400 with 7800 miles. that is an unbelievable price for such low mileage and great condition. you cannot beat that price. on top of that, i live in brooklyn new york where parking is hell to find. there is NO better car (9 feet in length) that is easier to park than this. even the fiat 500 is a few feet bigger and wider. mercedes benz will no longer sell smart cars in 2020 as summer 2019 is the last production run of these vehicles. this was an incredible vehicle for major cities where parking is so hard to find. sucks 🙁

  22. Ive owned 2 Smart car convertibles they were Awesome!! Very reliable i got 43 mpgs. Im sorry they didnt make it here.

  23. Dude, you don’t like anything do you? I never see a positive video on your channel. Every video is always “why you shouldn’t do this” or “why not to buy this”.

  24. Just bought a 2013 27k miles $4700 cash even if it only last me till 70-80k miles that's like 3-4 years for me I seem these go up to 150k

  25. When they are moving they look like a little mouse scurrying across the floor. They were meant for narrow roads and city driving but I have seen several scurrying along the highway at 110 KM. Cute looking. nimble,and cheap on gas; just don't run into a squirrel.

  26. My 2018 smart for four gets 40mpg on normal roads and 60mpg on the motorway with a manual transmission, parts are cheap, in Europe this car makes complete sense.

  27. It's all fun and games untill some octogenarian in a Navigator squashes you like a bug, and drives on thinking he hit a speed bump.

  28. Saw an article about a year ago. Asking could Smart cars become the new dune buggie/sand rail. It has so consent drawing. Looked pretty cool.
    FYI. My in-laws have a Honda CR-V that get 31 mpg average. Fits 4-5 plus luggage. They took 4 people to South Dakota from Alabama comfortably.

  29. Talking about safety can be dismissed instantly. Do you say ALL motorcycles and bicycles are death traps? No you don't.

  30. Number 1 It's a Chrysler piece of junk, number 2 it's too little and dangerous, number 3 it doesn't get that good gas mileage for a tiny car. Dumb car.

  31. LOL. You should really exaggerate your Texas accent when making these videos. You know, for comedic effect.

    The fact is, you're speaking pretty much totally out of ignorance, which will appeal to the ignorant. Granted, this could also be exaggerated for comedic effect and a bit of a troll. Fair enough.

    What's safer, FEELING safe or BEING safe? You know how many people don't FEEL safe around guns? How do you feel about guns there in Texas? See? Whether you 'feel' safe isn't an argument for anything.

    The smart car is a Mercedes-engineered vehicle that is small, no doubt, with a Tridion cage that makes it NASCAR-level safe (hey, you know about NASCAR in Tekkas, right?). This roll cage goes a long way. Sure, you can bring up worst case scenarios like getting hit by a semi, but really how often does that happen? By your logic, nobody should ride motorcycles. Guess why most people don't? THEY DON'T FEEL SAFE. Do you want to be 'safe' or actually you know, live your life?

    Of course, not everyone lives where you live. In high-density cities like NYC or L.A. (where I am), a tiny car makes use of lots where distracted narcissists park like crap. You can 'rescue' parking space where you otherwise wouldn't be able to fit a regular-sized car. Guess why there are so many gigantic SUVs driven by housewives who can't park? THEY FEEL SAFER IN THEM. Feeling 'safe' is why there are so many god-dang big vehicles in the first place. Not everyone has kids, or a huge gaggle of friends, and not everyone needs large cars with a tow-hitch and seating for 10. Some of us are minimalists who like small vehicles.

    Smart cars aren't for everyone. I get that. Owning a firearm isn't for everyone. Riding motorcycles isn't for everyone. Gesturing so wildly isn't for everyone, but hell man when you need a car just to get around and be able to park and which doesn't cost much, a smart car is the smallest road-legal vehicle you can get in the U.S. (other than grey market stuff). There's a market for that….and as a motorcyclist myself, it's not even the smallest vehicle I've owned or used to commute in L.A. If you want to feel safer in a vehicle, be a great driver who pays attention and has excellent roadcraft to maximize your visibility. As a motorcyclist, I feel hella safe in the smart car, but my perspective comes from 20 years of riding on two.


  32. Why ITS smart to buy one

    1. 15 dollars to go from one place far away to somewere else far away for gas

    2. Gas last for 2 weeks

    Bam a beater car

  33. Where was the video taken when you ring the bell on the end? I see your plates are Texas but that one clip with the bell looks like Ontario?

  34. Yet another video by Kilmer showing how little he knows about cars which are not Toyota's and another thing Mr Kilmer, why do you shout rather than just speak normally?

  35. Typical murican …..also wasn't Henry ford a watch repair man or something along those lines ? ….the detail and precision that goes into watch making is immense …you sir are a buffoon

  36. The smart car is a lot smarter than scotty Kilmer. It’s easy to park and the US has many areas with tight parking.

  37. My brother just got one. I rode in Baton Rouge about 3 miles with him at rush hour. NEVER again. I felt like I was gonna be killed any minute.

  38. Scotty, With all due respect: Opting for an automatic transmission is not necessarily
    due to driver "laziness". Daily commuting in heavy metropolitan, stop-and go traffic
    is just one valid reason to forgo manual shifting in favor of an automatic. I drive both.

  39. I don’t dislike videos a lot
    But I guess there’s a 1st for everything
    It’s a perfect 1st Car if your trying to get your kid there 1st Car

  40. i have been in one so many times, they are slow but fun, and its even better with the open roof v. also if you put it off automatic mode, they are more smooth

  41. Hi Scotty, I advise you to drive a Smart Roadster with 101HP model, and you will realize that you are talking just…wrong. First of all is very fast , fun to drive, very economical car ( about 1gal/100 km) and guess what…there are all automatic ! Overall, you disappointed me that you are talking about things you don't have any clue about, and you consider yourself a fu..nky influencer. Stick with american cars, my friend !
    PS: annual maintenance is very cheap !( at least in Europe ) and the Roadster still has an amazing look even after 15years.

  42. I have a 2009 smart with over 105,000 miles on it. Granted a little pricey to get fixed but at 45 mpg what's not to love.

  43. I hated smarts before owning one. I ive been owning one for 2 years now. Only changed engine oil once and no services done ? put fuel and good to go till it needs something
    Than i rather buy another one for 1600dollar ?

  44. What if you use it for pay to drive app but only for food delivery. It might be a good idea to get it then right?

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